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LIVE from the 2014 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

Building off the advance series collection of articles written by delegates and speakers of this year's Skoll World Forum, this section will feature live blogs and pieces from the event in Oxford. We will be covering a wide variety of sessions, panels and discussions on-site. View the live-stream on the homepage, and watch here for real-time articles all week!

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Each year at the Skoll World Forum, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions and information.

Learn more about the 2014 Skoll World Forum, sign up to our newsletter to be notified of the live stream, view the 2014 delegate roster and discover what themes and ideas we'll be covering this year at the event. Also, read about the seven recipients of this year's Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

 
 

Skoll World Forum Review: Measuring Impact by Cost-per-Outcome

Subathirai Sivakumaran

Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications), United Nations Development Programme

Inspirations from the Skoll World Forum

Catherine Brown

CEO, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

 

Are Intrapreneurs the New Rock-Stars?

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enternships.com

 

We Are All Malala

Carl Pope

Principal, Inside Straight Strategies

 

Recap: Big Business, Bigger Impact: The Pursuit, Peril, and Power of Partnership

Ida Jeng

Director, Global Communication and Strategy, Refugees United

 

Is developing the gift economy the key to transformative scale?

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enternships.com

 
 

Cracking the Code on Social Impact

Lucy Bartlett

Social Media and Community Consultant, Independent

Recap: Leading with Authenticity

Sonal Bains

Co-Founder/Partner, Lux Digital

 

Recap: Building Movement Through Digital Storytelling

Ida Jeng

Director, Global Communication and Strategy, Refugees United

 

Skoll World Forum Review: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

Subathirai Sivakumaran

Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications), United Nations Development Programme

Introducing the Impact Genome Project

Jason Saul

Founder and CEO, Mission Measurement

Nolan Gasser

Architect of Music Genome Project, Chief Musicologist Emeritus, Pandora

 
 
 

Is the Traditional Role of the Teacher Outdated?

Lucy Bartlett

Social Media and Community Consultant, Independent

 

Recap: The ambitious power of AND

Lucy Bartlett

Social Media and Community Consultant, Independent

 

How to Solve a Problem Like Child Marriage?

Lakshmi Sundaram

Global Coordinator, Girls Not Brides

 
 

Skoll World Forum Review: Corporate Intrapreneurs

Subathirai Sivakumaran

Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications), United Nations Development Programme

My Modest Proposal...Why Not?

Jenny Bowen

Founder and CEO, Half the Sky Foundation

 

Taking an Open-Source Approach to Tackling Youth Unemployment

Taking an Open-Source Approach to Tackling Youth Unemployment

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enternships.com

April 18, 2014 | 1682 views

 

With alarming rates of youth unemployment globally it was encouraging to see a standing-room only session during Friday’s lunchtime workshop on Solving the Global Youth Unemployment Crisis facilitated by Nik Kafka (Teach a Man to Fish.)

Looking at the situation in the UK the youth unemployment situation is a complex one. On the one hand we are facing youth unemployment levels close to 1 million, yet an increasing number of employers are complaining of an inability to fill job vacancies. The mismatch of skills and lack of preparedness for the world of work points to a failure in our education system and the need to radically rethink the way we prepare young people for work and the role employers can play in this.

We have institutions in place that guide young people through their formative years – hold their hands through examinations, through certificates, through the cornerstones that make up how they learn. But once out in the ‘real’ world, there is no support. There is no backbone to rest on, no more tailored advice, or pointers as to what to do next, instead there is just the chaos of grappling for increasingly scant graduate schemes, the worried scramble for reputable internships, the endless, endless sending out of CVs to harassed hiring managers, who don’t have the time or the inclination to train up a young person waiting for their ‘real’ lives to start.

This, to me, isn’t just unfair – it is a total and utter waste of potential. As of 2011, obligatory careers advice was removed from the national curriculum. What could be more important to a young person than what they are going to do with the rest of their lives? How can these young people know what direction to push, when the options were never really explained to them to begin with?

Meanwhile, in a different landscape, on a more digitised horizon, something has started to change. With the recent boom in online learning via Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the endless learning possibilities that the web can offer, the power is starting to shift. We no longer have to rely on our educational institutions to provide us with learning tools. If anything, the more exciting possibilities are starting to exist outside university walls.

There is now the opportunity for employers to take greater ownership in preparing the talent it is looking to hire. Companies have at their disposal learning materials but guard these behind corporate intranets; they have insights into the skills they require but often keep this knowledge to themselves. What would happen if we adopted a more open-source approach to learning, development and hiring? Instead of guarding training materials why not make it openly available to candidates to interact with even before they have joined your company? In doing so their interaction with your brand becomes one based around learning rather than merely a transaction of applying for a job whereby one person wins (and is hired) and everyone else, many of whom may be existing or future customers are left feeling like a reject (and ultimately negative about your employer brand.)

More than half of all graduates don’t feel like higher education has prepared them for the world of work. More than half of all employers agree. However you want to describe the current system of student and graduate employment – or lack thereof – one thing is clear: what we’re doing isn’t working. It’s time for a big, big change.

At Enternships.com we are developing a new ‘positive’ learning-based approach to recruitment where all candidates can benefit from the process of applying for a job irrespective of if they are hired. Through the process of acquiring new skills and insights from employers we want to convert those who would otherwise be dejected into advocates. We’re launching a new real-time employer led skills development platform later this year and invite employers big and small to join us in this movement and join our radical new approach to tackling youth unemployment and finding innovative approaches to meeting their talent needs.

We simply cannot maintain the status quo; an entire generation is depending on us to act now.

 
 
 

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